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Ikea Bedroom Furniture in general
Member Name: jennikitten
Ikea Bedroom Furniture in general
Advantages: Cheap, looks good for the money
Disadvantages: Little aspects could be improved
When I bought my house and was kitting it out, my first thought was to go to Ikea. Since a lot of the furniture I was buying would be for students, I didn't want to buy anything too expensive, and I quickly became Ikea-obsessed. Even now, when watching TV or visiting someone's house, I can pick out all their Ikea furniture and even accessories, which is incredibly worrying really!
Perhaps it's a little ironic then that I chose to pick some of the least Ikea-looking pieces in the shop. I had two bedrooms to buy for (I already had some furniture for the third), and I was on the lookout for the following: bedside tables, wardrobes and beds. The rooms are only quite small, and being students I knew me and my friends would be more concerned with desk than a chest of drawers. A big wardrobe was important for my room, and it drives me crazy not having a bedside table to leave my junk on, so again that was an essential.
For my room I picked out a massive wardrobe with two deep drawers, a double side for hanging clothes, and an added single side for longer dresses, trousers etc. and shoes. The wardrobe is a little bit dominating in the room, especially as (unusually for Ikea) it only came in a dark mahogany colour. It also had a mirror on the inside of the single door, which I thought was a nice touch. I think it might have been about £80-£100, which is good value. Four years on and the cheap bottoms of the drawers need nailing back in, but it's still looking good. It's the usual cheapish Ikea finish, and I wouldn't let any liquids get anywhere near it after spilling water on my Ikea sideboard. It was also relatively easy to put together and came with the usual picture instructions.
Next up, the bedside tables. Ikea doesn't have much of a range of bedside tables, and I went for ones around £40 (prices of 2006). These are nice and chunky, two deep drawers without handles - the tops of each are shaped so you just pull them out. They match the height of my (non-Ikea) beds perfectly, and come in a range of colours. So I was able to get white for my other room and dark mahogany for mine, to match my wardrobe.
I also added a Billy bookcase in the same colour into my room. Since then I believe they've discontinued them in the particular colour I got, so I was lucky to get the last one, and I managed to pick up extra shelves from the returns section. This bookcase is about the same height as the wardrobe and I believe cost around £60 with the extra shelves.
I also managed to pick up a small white wardrobe for the spare room for a bargain price of around £45 because it was in the returns section. In perfect condition, it's a little short but leaves plenty of space on top for storage boxes. It's a double wardrobe with shelves in one side for folded clothes, and I was impressed by the attention to detail for the money.
Desks - not traditional bedroom furniture, but I picked out the £20 ones which are basically just a table. You can pick the legs, and I chose silver. I was able to get one with a white top to match the spare room furniture, but I couldn't get a mahogany one for mine, annoyingly, so I settled for beech and may stain in at some point if I'm brave enough. Again, this is cheapy MDF/chipboard and although it's quite thick, it can peel off or chip fairly easily. I could probably do with replacing them. Set up is very easy - just screw the legs on.
In the end I didn't opt for beds from Ikea. There were a few reasons for this. Firstly, I wanted beds with a decent amount of under-bed storage, and Ikea don't really do those. Secondly, I wanted standard size mattresses/beds, and Ikea don't do those either. Thirdly, the look of the beds are very boxy and square, and I didn't want to feel like I was sleeping in a box!! Finally, they seemed to take up a lot of extra space with boxy bits adding to the width and height. In the spare room the ceiling slopes, and I needed a bed without a headboard to fit partly under the slope. And I needed width space because of small rooms. However, they are fairly cheap beds so good if you have big rooms and you don't want to spend a lot of money. I bought mine from Argos in the end.
So four years on, and there's not been much damage to the furniture despite the fact that about ten students have been using it over the past four years! (Not at the same time obviously!). Overall, I'm happy that I paid for this furniture because it's lasted pretty well, I feel like I've got much more than my money's worth, it looks good and was easy to put together. They could do with making better beds in different designs, and using better quality materials for the drawer bottoms, but other than that I'm very happy.